Journal article

Problem Gambling and Family Violence: Factors Associated With Family Violence Victimization and Perpetration in Treatment-Seeking Gamblers

Nicki A Dowling, Erin Oldenhof, Sue Cockman, Aino Suomi, Stephanie S Merkouris, Alun C Jackson



Although problem gambling and family violence are related, there is little available research exploring the factors associated with this relationship. The primary aim was to predict family violence (victimization and perpetration) in a sample of treatment-seeking gamblers by gambling indices (gambling symptom severity, gambling time spent, gambling frequency, gambling expenditure), psychological distress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, gambling coping motives, alcohol and drug use, gambling-related legal consequences, work and social adjustment, impulsivity, and gender. A secondary aim was to explore the degree to which these factors moderate the relationship between gamblin..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Over the past 3 years, N.D., A.S., S.M., and A.J. have received funding from multiple sources, including government departments (some through hypothecated taxes from gambling revenue). N.D. and S.M. have also received funding from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (through hypothecated taxes from gambling revenue), as well as the National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS), a not-for-profit organization with individual members across all stakeholder groups, which derives its funding from member fees and conference proceeds. S. M. has formerly been the Victorian state representative (unpaid) on the NAGS Executive Committee. None of the authors have knowingly received research funding from the gambling industry or any industry-sponsored organization.